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Husky dog breed profile

Everything you need to know about Huskies.

As the fluffy singers of the dog world, Huskies use their talents to communicate with their pet parents in an often comical way. 

“Huskies have a very unique howl, which they commonly use to express hunger, discomfort, excitement or demand attention,” Dr. Grace Kelly, DVM, a veterinarian at BluePearl, says.

Whether your pup is full Husky or a Husky mix, here’s everything you need to know about this musical, active breed. 

How big are Huskies?

Siberian and Alaskan Huskies can typically grow between 20 to 23 inches tall and weigh 35 to 60 pounds. They’re often confused with their larger, fluffier lookalike, Alaskan Malamutes. These big dogs typically grow well over 23 inches tall and generally weigh up to 85 pounds. 

What are Huskies’ personalities like? 

Huskies are goofy, energetic dogs who are also notorious escape artists, so make sure you have a secure fence if you’re planning to add one of these pups to your family. 

“Due to their history as sled dogs, Huskies require ample exercise of at least an hour a day to keep them from diverting this energy to unfavorable habits, such as digging, chewing and howling,” Dr. Kelly says. “When properly socialized as puppies, Huskies are loving and friendly toward both humans and other dogs and tend to enjoy the companionship of another dog in the household.” 

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What are Huskies’ coats like?

Time to bust out the vacuum! Huskies are double-coated, so expect to find hair just about everywhere.  

“This coat causes Huskies to shed in high volumes, which, although inevitable, can be minimized by frequent brushing,” Dr. Kelly says. Due to their thick, long fur, huskies thrive in cold environments and can overheat easily in hot temperatures. Unfortunately, overheating is a common problem seen in Huskies living in hot environments.” 

What are common health issues for Huskies?

According to Dr. Kelly, some common health problems in Huskies include obesity, hypothyroidism and several hereditary eye issues

“Hypothyroidism is caused by a deficiency of thyroid hormones, which can lead to obesity and hair loss, among other signs, and is treated with medication,” Dr. Kelly says. “They may suffer from progressive retinal atrophy, which can lead to compromised vision and even possible blindness, but it’s generally a painless condition. They can also develop corneal dystrophy, which can cause compromised vision in addition to painful corneal ulcers and infections.” 

The good news is that these lovable dogs typically live between 12 and 14 years.  

Adopting a Husky 

Are you interested in adopting a Husky, Husky mix or any pet at all? Check out our shelter partners to find your new best friend. 

The Dig, Fetch's expert-backed editorial, answers all of the questions you forget to ask your vet or are too embarrassed to ask at the dog park. We help make sure you and your best friend have more good days, but we’re there on bad days, too.

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